Pounding waves of anger

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 April, 2008, 12:00am

In 2006, Welsh metalcore band Bullet For My Valentine released their debut album The Poison. Though not a masterpiece, it had some impressive tracks that captured the attention of metal fans.

After that initial fame, the band promised something heavier and more aggressive in the next offering and anticipation was high when their sophomore Scream Aim Fire was released last January.

Scream Aim Fire has got everything that a catchy hardcore metal album needs. Fast-paced with thunder-like double bass and rhythmic guitar riffs, the tracks are like powerful waves pounding a seashore.

But just like many other metalcore pieces, the soaring, hysterical screams overshadow the lead vocals throughout the album. And the lyrics are shallow, pointless and repetitive, with every single track speaking of fight and death.

Opening track Scream Aim Fire is catchy and easy-to-like for hardcore metal fans despite its graphically violent lyrics. Disappear is relatively soft with an amazing prelude - a nice break from the otherwise pounding music.

Sixth track Deliver Us from Evil switches between rapid-fire chants and melodic chorus, making the track stand out from the others. Scream Aim Fire is a mediocre album embedded with sound musical techniques. But it appeals only to metal fans.